Deep in the Maine Wilderness, Global Technology Finds Inspiration

Written by Jim Cavan, CEO and President of Backpack Health

Backpack Health is all about connection.  Our health management platform connects people to their own health information, as well as resources and information that can help them better navigate their health journeys, and allows them to connect with medical professionals, researchers, and rare disease communities that can provide the support they require.  But while our team is always focused on brining people together, we are rarely ever in the same room.  That’s why our weeklong retreat at Attean Lake Lodge was such an important event for a global healthcare tech company.   

Nestled in the Maine’s picturesque and serene wilderness, the Attean Lake Lodge provided our team with the ideal opportunity to take a break from our usual, jam packed schedules and reconnect with each other, and ourselves.

Read the full testimonial here

10 Things You Need to Know Before Booking Your Trip to Attean Lake Lodge!


  1. Know our Location. We are located on an island with no electricity. The cabins have gaslights and kerosene lanterns. Our lodge has electricity 24/7 run by solar power and we run a generator during breakfast and dinner times.


  1. Each cabin has a special view. All of our cabins have an amazing water view. Each with a front porch where you can enjoy the most picture perfect sunsets on earth! 


  1. We aren’t as rustic as some people think! Each cabin has a full bath with hot running water. Housekeepers will tidy up your cabin each morning and will leave you with fresh towels. 


  1. When would you like to visit? Our busiest months are July and August with larger families. June and September tend to be quieter with mostly couples.


  1. Don’t over pack! But we do recommend bringing the following:
  • Sunscreen & sunglasses
  • Bugs spray
  • Snacks and drinks (we do provide chips, fruit and a cookie with your lunch and a thermos with iced tea, lemonade or water.)
  • Clothing for all weather


  1. Take advantage of free activities! We provide paddle boards, canoes and kayaks at no cost! We also offer tubing on nice days. If you want to leave the island, be sure to explore our many hiking trails in the area!


  1. We do charge for a couple things… We have rental boats for you to use for a small fee per day and we also charge for beer and wine.


  1. Save room for dessert! Our baker makes delicious homemade desserts every night. You don’t want to miss our blueberry pie or our crème brulee!


  1. Please inform us. Let us know if you have food allergies or a special diet so that we can plan accordingly. We recognize that food allergies and special diets are more common than ever and we will go to great lengths to make sure everyone is safe.


  1. RELAX... We want your stay at Attean Lake Lodge to be as therapeutic and relaxing as possible. If you are ready for a break from your busy life, this is the getaway for you! You will wake up to the sounds of the birds chirping and fall asleep to the sound of the loons. We promise, you will leave here feeling refreshed! 



A family tradition on Sally Mountain

The Siy family has been joining us since 2011, and when they first arrived at the dock, Karl (our dock manager), made a bet that when he saw them at the end of the week they would have reserved again for the following year. Karl won that bet and the family has enjoyed a tradition of spending some quality time here every July since. Every year one of their many adventures always includes a hike up Sally mountain. The trail begins at the beach head across the lake from the lodge. It's a healthy 2 mile or so hike to the top. A look out spot just before the summit allows a beautiful view of Birch Island - the home to Attean lodge and the cabins. This special look out spot has been a place where they take an annual family selfie photo - and is almost always included on their holiday card!

There are a couple hiking options. You can return down the way you came up, or you can make it a bit longer by taking the ridge trail down to arrive at Salmon Point beach (located down within the narrows area of the lake). It's about 4 miles all total and we can bring your boat from the initial trial head beach over to Salmon Point beach (you just need to make sure we know about your plans!). Along the hike you'll see all different kinds of forest, blueberries if in season and usually plenty signs of moose.

The Siy family over the years at the lookout point:


Attean Blueberry Pie

Attean Blueberry Pie Recipe:
For the crust - Mix 2 1/2 cups of flour and 11/4 tsp of salt in a large bowl. Using two forks cut 6 tbsp of butter and 3/4 cups of shortening into the mixture. Slowly drizzle in 1/2 cup of iced water and stir with a rubber spatula. Transfer to a floured work surface and form into a ball and divide in half. Refrigerate for two hours. 
**Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
For the Filling - Stir 6 cups of blueberries (Maine blueberries if you have them of course!), 2/3 cup of granulated sugar, 1/4 cup cornstarch, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, and 1 tbsp of lemon juice in large bowl. 
Roll out the chilled pie dough and carefully place into a 9x2 inch pie dish. Spoon the filling into the crust. Dot the top of the filling with pieces of butter. Top with the remaining dough. Make sure to cut slits in the top to form steam vents. Crimp the edges. Place into the oven and bake for 1 hour.
Or you can just come visit us so you don't have to make it yourself!

Attean Guest for 62 Years

Meet Harlan and Gretchen Buzby – one of our longest running guests to the island. Harlan first came to Attean in 1956 on a fishing trip with his parents. He came back that summer to work as a dishwasher and has been coming for 62 years running – missing only one summer in 1961 as he was attending summer school! He worked as a dishwasher until he became the pastry chef in 1965. Gretchen also worked at Attean - starting as a housekeeper in 1962 and then worked as a waitress and the days off position in the following years. They love the unique experience they find at Attean and are so drawn to it from all the memories they have made over the years and the ones they continues to make each year.

Harlan spent his career as a Dentist in NJ, Gretchen was a school teacher and now that they are both retired, they spend their summers here at Attean, helping out here and there when we need them. Harlan tends to our beautiful gardens and Gretchen will help out with food preparation. Every other year their whole family – children and grandchildren, will come and join them here for a week in July. Here is a photo from their recent family reunion visit to us in July 2018.